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Taking a dip

July
14

This is Amstel. First off, great name! Amstel is a certified therapy dog with the Good Dog Foundation who belongs to Alison, a Port Chester (NY) resident. Alison was outside with Amstel on a particularly toasty hot day last month and let her take this well deserved dip to cool off. Dog + ball + water = happy!

Alison tells me that Amstel was a rescue from the North Shore Animal League and, according to a DNA test, her strongest identified breeds are border collie and Akita, so the designer name Alison came up with is “bordakita.”
Whatever she is, she looks grand!

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Wednesday, July 14th, 2010 at 4:54 pm |
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Putnam Humane Society/Tom Chapin concert

July
13

This call for personal and financial assistance from the Putnam Humane Society about its benefit concert with Tom Chapin:

The Putnam Humane Society is having an all day benefit concert on Saturday, July 24 from 1 to 7 p.m. at Mayors Park in Cold Spring (NY). We will have 5 local bands and Tom Chapin headlining at 6 p.m. Would you please consider becoming a sponsor to help cover costs of the bands? We are also accepting “In Memory” sponsorships at the $25 level. Feel free to call Kate McGunnigle at 917-853-6821 with any questions.

Volunteer!
Saturday, July 24th
Set up 10 a.m. break-down 7 p.m.
Mayors Park on Fair St.
Cold Spring, NY
General contact: Katimac@katimac.com
Contact these team leaders to work your area of interest:
• Pack the van
2 p.m. Friday the 23rd
Contact Kati Katimac@katimac.com
• Tickets table
Contact Renee red4animals@earthlink.net
• Band/volunteer tent and Public water/soda table
Contact Kim massik@comcast.net
• PHS concession
Contact Barbara bsinovsky@comcast.net
• PHS info table (donation bucket, PHS info and adoption pix, Poster of Mini, our Dog of The Day)
Contact Kati Katimac@katimac.com

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Tuesday, July 13th, 2010 at 4:39 pm |
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Save these beagles!

July
9

Argh! Two-footers! Here’s a preview of a story you can read in full tomorrow here at LoHud.com

Four beagles are now living at the Hudson Valley Humane Society, where they are waiting to be adopted.
But they could just as easily be somewhere very different.
Not that long ago, Scout, Tutti-Frutti, Zoey, and Roxxy were living in a laboratory in New Jersey, where they were used for testing, either for pharmaceuticals or cosmetics.
When the laboratory was shut down, the Best Friends Animal Society of Utah came in to take the beagles, which numbered more than 120. Four of the beagles were then given to the Humane Society.

Here’s Zoe, left, and Roxxy, begging for attention at the shelter in Pomona (NY).

I would love to come back here Monday and learn they’ve all been given a good home. The shelter is at 200 Quaker Road in Pomona, NY. Call 845-354-3124.

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Friday, July 9th, 2010 at 2:30 pm |
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2nd annual DockDogs event

July
9

Holy Flying Fido! This just in: Hudson Valley DockDogs is pleased to announce its second regional event, “THE JUMPIN JAMBOREE,” July 24 and July 25 at Ledgewood Kennels, 639 Smithfield Road, Millerton, NY. There will be two days of jumping, flying, and splashing dogs from throughout New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and as far as New Hampshire, Vermont and even Pennsylvania.

“Last year’s “Jumpin Jamboree” was a splashing success” says, Todd Brayne, vice president of the Hudson Valley Dock Dog Club. “Everyone enjoyed watching the various high flying dogs. Even the speed swimmers in the Speed Retrieve competition were intense. Tenths of a second were recorded between 1st and 2nd place. I can’t begin to imagine what this year’s competitors will bring to the pool.”

The “Jumpin Jamboree” promises to be even bigger and better this year, especially with the new addition of Extreme Vertical to the event schedule. The “Jumpin Jamboree” is open to all. Newbies or non-competitors are welcome to practice in between waves for $10. Spectators are encouraged to come and watch. Admission is free.

For a schedule, DockDog rules and policies, on-line registration and additional details, visit Hudson Valley Dock Dogs or e-mail info@hudsonvalleydockdogs.com

Registration in advance at www.dockdogs.com is encouraged. Credit cards accepted for on-line registration only.
Online pre-registration fees are $20 per dog per wave. On-site registration fees are $25 per dog per wave.

Formed in June 2008, Hudson Valley DockDogs is the New York affiliate chapter of DockDogs of Medina, Ohio, the independent governing and sanctioning body for regional, national and international dock jumping performance sports. Dock jumping is one of the fastest growing sports in the dog world; pooches and their parents are competing all over the United States.

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Friday, July 9th, 2010 at 7:00 am |
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A Cause for Paws

July
8

Mark your calendars for this weekend event to benefit the Yonkers Animal Shelter:

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Thursday, July 8th, 2010 at 3:01 pm |
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July
8

This just in: Potential good news for kitties and pups from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. I don’t usually post stuff like this, but I find this interesting:

Ralph Meyer, assistant professor of Developmental Biology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, has been awarded a Michelson Grant in Reproductive Biology. The approximately $570,000 grant, awarded by Found Animals, allows Dr. Meyer to continue his research over the next three years to develop a non-surgical sterilant/technology for use in both male and female cats and dogs.
“I am thrilled to be a part of this opportunity,” said Dr. Meyer. “It is well known that over-population in our shelters is a problem that often ends with euthanizing dogs and cats that need homes. It is my hope – as well as the hope of Found Animals – to find a non-surgical, safe and effective sterilization method for animals that is cost-effective and widely available to help put a stop to our pet over-population problem. I look forward to the challenge and am honored to be chosen as a grant recipient.”
To date, Found Animals has received 107 letters of intent since January 2009 and thirty-three full grant proposals have been invited and reviewed. Seven of those have been recommended for funding for a total potential of $3.5 million. Of those, three such grants have been awarded to researchers across the country, totaling $1.5 million and another four are under negotiation.

“We’re ecstatic to include Dr. Meyer as a Michelson Grant recipient,” said Aimee Gilbreath, executive director, Found Animals Foundation. “This grant will fund innovative research that could be game-changing and makes Meyer an excellent candidate for the $25 million Michelson Prize, awarded to the first entity to prove the Foundation with a safe, effective and practical non-surgical sterilant for use in cats and dogs. We welcome him to the challenge.”

About Found Animals
Found Animals Foundation is a privately funded Los Angeles-based nonprofit organization dedicated to animal welfare issues and led by business and medical professionals. The Found Animals team works directly within the animal welfare community to improve animal shelter processes, fund pet sterilization research, promote effective animal welfare policy, and provide funding to area shelters and spay/neuter clinics. The organization also sponsors and promotes pet adoption, spay/neuter, microchip programs and various animal and pet-related events

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Thursday, July 8th, 2010 at 1:11 pm |
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Hooray for Buttons!

July
8

Now this is the kind of story I adore. (Read it here at LoHud.com). This poor pup hadn’t been given a lot of breaks in her 3-year-old life, being a pit bull, and deaf.
Buttons was raised from a puppy at the Mount Vernon Center for Animal Care and kept getting passed over for adoption. Angel Wings Dog Rescue of North White Plains and Pet Rescue from Elmsford (sorry, couldn’t find a link for them) teamed up to find a home on the West coast where deaf dogs are taken care of. Hooray for all three groups and especially for Buttons! Enjoy your new home sweetie!

Here’s Buttons (on Independence Day, no less, how appropriate) with her caretakers and rescue volunteers, from left, front, Meredith Morabito, a volunteer at the center, Shawn Carroll, animal control, Megan Webster, assistant animal warden, Marlo Tamilio and her daughter Skye, 3, from Pet Rescue; rear row from left, Regina Stutzin, Pet Rescue and Liz Shames with Angel Wings Dog Rescue, at the City of Mount Vernon Center for Animal Care.

And her she is with Shawn Carroll, an animal control worker at the the Mount Vernon shelter.

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Thursday, July 8th, 2010 at 11:38 am |
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Putnam Humane Society dog wash

July
8

Volunteers are needed for this event. Contact Alison at agenez@optonline.net if you are interested in helping out so the shelter can put you on its list. Volunteers can come from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., 1 to 4 p.m., or stay all day. The shelter needs washers, driers and brushers. Don’t forget your shorts and water sandals. Refreshments will be available to volunteers. This is a great way for students to earn some of their community service hours.

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Thursday, July 8th, 2010 at 10:10 am |
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The Dachshund and the Piglet

July
2

I wonder whatever became of this pig? This is a little old, as you can see my the date stamps on the pics, but it was just sent to me recently and if you haven’t seen it before, you must now!. (Thanks brother blog friend, belatedly). Yes, there are lots of tales of different kinds of animals helping each other out, but this one is tremendously tremendous! Read, then enjoy pics! (I’ll tell you, this story raises dachshunds in my esteem!)

This dachshund was fostering this little guy for another mom who couldn’t take care of him. He had his eyes closed, but now they are open. He is just a little bigger than her other pups. She loves this little guy as much as the other puppies and she is nursing him back to health. He is the cleanest pig-puppy ever because she licks him all the time. (I didn’t write that, but I love the phrase, “pig-puppy.”)

I can only hope this now 2-year-old pig is living a happy life somewhere (as well as the mama and her pups). If not, don’t tell me…..

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Friday, July 2nd, 2010 at 7:22 pm |
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Dogs and fireworks don’t always mix

June
29

With July 4 around the corner, it’s time to remind dog owners how to protect their pets from fireworks anxiety.
Below is a handy link and some quick tips from a trainer. Farther below, some tips for cats and fireworks.

The Fun Times Guide
• From Mailbu-based dog trainer Robert Cabral
1. Do not leave your dog alone, especially outside during fireworks displays. If you absolutely must leave your dog, leave a TV or radio playing.
2. Do not coddle or hug your dog if your dog becomes scared or distressed – this tends to make dogs think that their actions are justified. Be strong, talk in a normal tone and remain indifferent to the noise.
3. Do find an alternative to the noise, be it playing an instrument, listening to a news program or playing an entertaining DVD. This can serve as a positive distraction for your dog.
4. Do keep all windows and doors closed to keep the sound out.
5. Do not take your dog for a walk during fireworks celebrations.
6. Do feed your dog long before the time for fireworks.
7. Do give your dog a special toy to play with during fireworks.
8. Do make sure your dog keeps a normal schedule the day of the fireworks.
9. Do plan to keep your dog away from strange dogs or dogs that may excite him during the fireworks.
10. Do keep your dog away from unfamiliar people before and during the fireworks.

Cats and fireworks:
• First and foremost. Leave them indoors. The rest is pretty simple.
When the noise starts, they’ll likely run under the bed or another favorite hidey hole. Keep some background music or the television on as a distraction. If you can get to them, try and comfort them. If you’re not home, still keep the background noise on, but close the blinds or curtains so they’re not freaked when the show starts.

If I’m home on July 4 (I happen to live where I can see some shows without leaving), here’s what happens: I keep the TV on. Cats run under the bed. I try to soothe. They come out from bed when show’s over.

Happy July 4 and stay safe all!

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Tuesday, June 29th, 2010 at 3:23 pm |
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Laurel Babcock is the Community Life editor for The Journal News, Express Publications and LoHud.com. She grew up with a beloved mutt and was surrounded by dogs into young adulthood. She liked cats enough, but didn't really think of them as true pets. That changed when her brother brought an abandoned 4-week-old kitty into the family, dooming us all. Laurel currently serves as staff for two completely adored cats, Stanley and Cup, both girls.


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